Goal 1: To Increase Student Academic Achievement
- Students in the Dual Language Program meet high expectations by performing academically at levels equivalent to their peers in monolingual classrooms on multiple assessments.
- Students can read at their developmental level in their first and second language.
- Students demonstrate growth on the Individual Proficiency Test (IPT), Logramos (Spanish ITBS), Iowa English Language Development Assessment (I-ELDA) for first and second language development, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), and other grade level assessments for academic achievement when applicable.
- Through instruction in two languages, English and Spanish, students demonstrate academic proficiency in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
- Dual Language students participate in school-to-work or career training.
- Students value their community, their Dual Language education, and their bilingual/biliterate skills as solid preparation for work and for active participation in the life of their community.
Goal 2: To Assist Students in Becoming Bilingual and Biliterate
- Equal value is placed on Spanish and English building-wide.
- Students demonstrate effective communication in both English and/or Spanish.
- Students’ first and second language development is supported and encouraged by teachers and parents.
- Students have immediate and long-term goals for first and second language development (oral to academic).
- The theories and strategies of providing differentiated instruction are valued and used in teaching all students.
- Students value and work towards becoming bilingual.
- Administrators, teachers and staff value bilingualism.
Goal 3: To Assist School and Community Members in Developing Cross-Cultural Relationships
- Student diversity is a valuable classroom resource.
- The program assists individuals in developing an awareness and appreciation of the diversity and uniqueness of individuals.
- Individuals in the school and community provide opportunities to demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and a positive sense of self-identity.
- The Dual Language Program is integrated with and enriches regular building and district- wide programming.
- Student classroom interactions demonstrate cross-cultural relationships.
- Administrators, teachers and staff are positive representatives and spokespersons at school, in the community and throughout Iowa for the West Liberty Community School District’s Dual Language Program.
Goal 4: To Establish A Home-School Partnership
- Parents and teachers work together to promote and support social, language and academic growth.
- The Dual Language team members regularly communicate with parents.
- The team, as appropriate, informs, trains and supplies parents with educational activities that can be accomplished at home where the parent is involved in teaching the child.
- Educational activities at home support learning in the classroom.
- Parents have opportunities to meet other parents and begin to develop cross-cultural relationships.
- Parents have input on evaluating the Home-School Partnership and the Dual Language Program.